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EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined32.8 mpg

The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport offers buyers looking for a larger mid-sized 7-seat SUV a tougher option that has real off road credibility. To achieve that, Mitsubishi has based this model on their L200 pick-up, but added a bit of stylish crossover sheen.


Want a plush family-sized 7-seat SUV that can really walk the walk as well as talk the talk? Mitsubishi's Shogun Sport could fit the bill. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport offers buyers looking for a larger mid-sized 7-seat SUV a tougher option that has real off road credibility. To achieve that, Mitsubishi has based this model on their L200 pick-up, but added a bit of stylish crossover sheen.


We've seen the Shogun Sport in the UK before. The first generation version of this model was, like this one, based on the brand's L200 pick-up truck and was launched back in 1998, initially badged as the 'Shogun Challenger', before being re-named a year later the 'Shogun Sport'. This car sold until 2009 in the UK and, though it wasn't replaced for our market, continued in redesigned form in other markets. It's only with the explosion of interest in recent times in SUVs that has made Mitsubishi's UK importers decide to bring the current version of this car back to our shores. This Shogun Sport was launched in 2018 and fits into the company's SUV range just above the Outlander model.

Driving Experience

Mid-sized SUVs seem to be everywhere these days, but few of them are much use off a paved surface. That fact doesn't trouble the vast majority of modern family crossover buyers, but a few of them do really want to venture off the beaten track - or perhaps they want to engage in lifestyle activities that might involve things like towing on slippery tracks. It's these people that Mitsubishi are targeting with this Shogun Sport model. It gets the same 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine you'll find in the current L200 pick-up that also provides all the underpinnings used here - so don't expect pin-sharp handling or a silken ride. Still, this unit produces 181PS and a decent slug of torque - 430Nm - so this model should be well set for the towing duties that'll be assigned to it by most likely owners. Drive comes via Mitsubishi's Super Select II 4x4 system and a new, eight-speed automatic transmission. The Super Select II set-up allows the driver to switch seamlessly between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on all terrains. On tarmac, this means that drivers enjoy optimum efficiency in two-wheel drive mode, but can switch to four-wheel drive for extra stability when towing or in slippery driving conditions. The standard specification also includes Hill Descent Control, Trailer Start Assist, Hill Start Assist and a dedicated off-road mode.

Design and Build

The Shogun Sport combines comfortable space for up to seven people with spacious levels of versatility and practicality, offering up to 1,488-litres of carriage capacity with the rear seat folded. Don't expect the third seating row to be really comfortable for adults, but children will be quite happy there. And there's comfortable levels of space in the middle row you'll be using more often. The front of the cabin shares most of its fixtures and fittings with the L200 pick-up, so don't expect the more up-market feel you'd get in most obvious 7-seat 'D'-segment SUV rivals. Still, it's well equipped and everything should be easy to keep clean and seems to be built to last. The dash varies its hard-wearing plastic with splashes of silver and piano black trim and there's a smart high-mounted touchscreen that includes navigation and an incorporated rear view camera display. Through the leather-stitched wheel, you view a clear set of dials separated by an information display and above that, a graphic designating whether drive is going to all four wheels or only the two at the front.

Market and Model

Prices are now much more affordable, starting at around £30,000 for the entry-level Shogun Sport 3 variant. That pitches this SUV significantly below strong (though less capable) SUV 'D'-segment 7-seat competitors like Hyundai's Santa Fe, Kia's Sorrento and the Land Rover Discovery Sport - and closer to more natural rivals (in terms of price anyway) like Skoda's Kodiaq and SEAT's Tarraco. To face down models like these, this model needed strong equipment levels - and gets them. All variants feature leather upholstery, electrically-adjustable front seats, power folding mirrors, full-LED headlamps and tail lamps, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera with rear parking sensors, keyless entry, privacy glass and automatic headlamps and wipers. Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming is also standard, as is the Mitsubishi Motors Smartphone Link Display Audio system which allows users to connect to apps or other features of their Apple or Android smartphone through the touchscreen or via voice control. Priced from around £32,000, the plusher Shogun Sport 4 adds heated front seats, the Mitsubishi Power Sound System with additional tweeters and a 510W amplifier, headlamp washers and a full rosta of camera-driven safety kit. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Mitigation which uses radars in the front grille to judge whether there is risk of a collision with the vehicle in front. There's also a Blind Spot Warning system, a 360?? view camera and the Ultrasonic Mis-Acceleration Mitigation System, which utilises front parking sensors to halt any accidental sudden acceleration when any obstacles are detected nearby.

Cost of Ownership

Given that this model rides on the heavy underpinnings of a light truck, you probably won't be expecting the efficiency figures to be much to write home about, but actually, the Shogun Sport doesn't do too badly. Obviously, it can't get near the kind of fuel and CO2 figures you'd get in rivals like Land Rover's Discovery Sport or Skoda's Kodiaq, but most owners wanting something a bit more capable than that should be prepared to put up with the returns Mitsubishi is offering here. Specifically, 32.8mpg (WLTP) is possible on the combined cycle and 227g/km of CO2. There's a decent five year warranty, pre-paid servicing packs are available and residual values should be strong. As you'd expect in this day and age, there's a 12-year anti-perforation warranty. And three years of pan-European roadside assistance and homestart are included in the price.


The Shogun Sport is an interesting alternative to the volume-maker 7-seat contenders in the SUV 'D' sector. Don't bother with it if all your driving will be done on-tarmac. But if at last some of the time, you'll need to tow heavy loads or venture from a paved surface, then this Japanese contender could appeal. It's well equipped, smart to look at and has proven underpinnings that won't shake themselves loose the first time you power up an unmade track. In short, it's an SUV worthy of the name. And there aren't too many of those about these days.

  • Variable intermittent front wash/wipe
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Side and rear window privacy glass
  • Automatic rain sensors
  • Rear windscreen wiper with washer

  • Forward collision mitigation system
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Hill descent control
  • Brake assist function
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • Active stability and traction control

  • Floor + luggage area carpets

  • Apple CarPlay preparation
  • Android Auto

  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Unintended acceleration mitigation system
  • Blind spot warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Off-road mode
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Power assisted steering

  • Remote fuel flap release
  • Engine start/stop button

  • 7" touch screen
  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Lights on warning
  • 4 wheel drive drivetrain mode indicator
  • Smartphone link audio display

  • Electric folding mirrors with indicators
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Leather look vinyl inserts on door trim

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB port
  • Rear USB port
  • 2 additional tweeters
  • Bluetooth with music streaming
  • 510W Mitsubishi power sound system
  • Radio with 8 speakers

  • Window mounted aerial
  • Chrome door mirrors and handles
  • Colour keyed front and rear bumpers
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Chrome front grille
  • Front skid plate
  • Rear mudflaps
  • Silver side steps
  • Silver roof rails

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • Headlamp washer
  • LED headlamps with auto levelling
  • High mounted rear stop lamp
  • LED rear combination lamp

  • Rear air conditioning
  • Dual zone climate control

  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Gearshift paddles
  • 230V socket in centre console
  • Luggage cover
  • Glovebox
  • Front door pockets
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather wrapped gear shift knob
  • Front accessory power socket
  • Rear armrests with cupholder
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Front door pocket bottle holders
  • Front cupholders
  • Front armrest with floor console box
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column adjustment

  • Luggage area lamp

  • Front seatbelt pretensioner
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Reinforced Impact safety evolution (RISE) body safety system
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Seatbelt warning lamp
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 7 three point seatbelts
  • Front, side, curtain and knee airbags

  • Front power seats
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation in 2nd row
  • Height adjustable rear headrests
  • 3rd row head restraints
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable front headrests

  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Central door locking
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Steering lock
  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm
  • Keyless entry and start operation system

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Super Select 4 Wheel Drive transmission
  • Rear differential lock

  • Front sunvisors with passenger vanity mirrors

  • 18" alloy wheels

  • Full size spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 227
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.116
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.073
  • HC+NOx: 0.109
  • Particles: 0.0002

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: 4N15
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 86
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 105.1
  • CC: 2442

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 27.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 37.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 32.8

  • Coin Series: 4
  • Coin Description: DI-DC
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 62500
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 181
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 38D
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 43.8
  • Engine Power - KW: 133
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 317
  • Engine Torque - NM: 430
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 181
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11
  • Top Speed: 112

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Front: 265/60 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1805
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4785
  • Width: 1815
  • Wheelbase: 2800

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2105
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2710
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 68
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 502
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 605
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1488
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2

  • Metallic paint: £665
  • Pearlescent paint: £715
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Metallic - Deep Bronze: £665
  • Metallic - Atlantic Grey: £665
  • Metallic - Sterling silver: £665

  • Pearl - Imperial red: £715
  • Pearl - Jet Black: £715

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Leather - Black: £0

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